I am stunned and grateful.

Tonight at the Aurealis Awards, I received the very great honor of the Kris Hembury Encouragement Award. I didn't know Kris — I think I may have met him briefly, or at least been in the same room, at the 2007 Aurealis Awards in Brisbane, back when I was at Clarion South — but everyone I've talked to has been united in praising his spirit, his artistic integrity, and his thirst for new things to write. I gather he wrote stories, scripts, you name it. And everyone who knew him not only liked, but admired him.

Thus I am deeply touched to have been connected with him in this way. I hope I can continue to work hard, create with integrity, and always push myself further in my writing.

Thank you, Fantastic Queensland; thank you, colleagues; and thank you, Kris.


At 2:49 PM, Blogger Helen V. said...

Congratulations, Laura.

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Satima Flavell said...

Many congrats, hugs and best wishes, Laura! A great honour, and well deserved.

At 1:29 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

To be encouraged! i love it! The warmest of applause from Tucson where it will hit 100 today!

At 11:24 AM, Blogger fullsoulahead.com said...

Congrats, Laura!

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Houston Dunleavy said...



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